Matzek's NFL Power Rankings: Week 7
Things are starting to settle down at the top (although the Patriots and Ravens challenged that theory with narrow wins), and I've even instituted a new concept in this weeks rankings...we'll see how it plays out, but I like how it looks for now. Read on...
1. NY JETS (1) - CB Darelle Revis says his hamstring is 100%. I'm hoping QB Mark Sanchez picks Sunday against Green Bay as the game he throws his first interception(s).
2. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (2) - I'm still not sure how the recovery of Ben Roethlisberger's goaline fumble...which was clearly recovered by the Dolphins in the end zone...was ruled 'inconclusive'. Steelers got away with one.
3. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3) - Games against the Chargers are always tight. The Pats did enough to hang on and hold their spot at #3.
4. BALTIMORE RAVENS (4) - Well that was a close one. the Ravens got caught in another shootout...this time against the win less Buffalo Bills. This year more than any I can recall, a win is a win.
5. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (5) - Bye week. The loss of TE Dallas Clark and WR Austin Collie will place even more on the shoulders of QB Peyton Manning.
6. NEW YORK GIANTS (6) - The score would indicate they just snuck by the Dallas Cowboys Monday night, but the Giants spotted Dallas 17 points on turnovers and special teams gaffes.
7. ATLANTA FALCONS (9) - QB Matt Ryan is nearly unbeatable at home, and WR Roddy White is positively ridiculous right now.
8. TENNESSEE TITANS (11) - It's time to pay attention to the Titans. A 27 point 4th quarter outburst vaulted them past the Eagles.
9. WASHINGTON REDSKINS (10) - The NFC East is a log jam. Many thought it would be, but most thought the jam would have included the Cowboys, not the Redskins.
10. GREEN BAY PACKERS (15) - Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers is a fricken genius. He has guys playing out of position...heck, he even has guys playing on the opposite side of the ball, and he's getting results. Team depth gets a little better with CB Al Harris and S Atari Bigby's return to practice.
11. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (8) - Not a great start for QB Kevin Kolb against in their loss to the Titans. Head Coach Andy Reid says Michael Vick will take over under center in week 8.
12. HOUSTON TEXANS (12) - Bye week. LB DeMeco Ryans is lost for the rest of the season. Not good for a defense that already gives up a ton of points.
13. MIAMI DOLPHINS (13) - A fluke call cost them a win over the Steelers. I can't punish the Dolphins for what happened on Sunday.
14. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (17) - At (4-2), the Chiefs are getting better right before your very eyes.
15. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (7) - Talk about an embarrassing loss! Two Drew Brees interceptions returned for TD's by Browns DL David Bowens cost the Saints a win, and their dignity.
16. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (20) - Back to back wins have the Seahawks on top of the NFC West. Not that 5 field goals are an exciting way to win, but hey - a win is a win, remember?
17. CHICAGO BEARS (14) - Their defense and special teams rank in the top 10, but their offense is bottom third of the league at best.
18. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (16) - Brett Favre's ankle is going to fall off.
OK - this is where things get tricky. The swirling mess of teams below fit into 4 categories. I'm going to try something new and rank them by record, but then classify them appropriately as I see it. PS - The Vikings are very close to being lumped in to the below group.
Category 1: Talented, but grossly underachieving
Category 2: Have no clue which team is going to show up on gameday
Category 3: They aren't as bad as I thought
Category 4: On the clock
19. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (26) - The Bucs are 4-2, and playing pretty good ball behind young Josh Freeman at QB. A category 3 team.
20. ARIZONA CARDINALS (23) - 3-3 and completely relevant in the NFC West. I really don't think they're very good, but they don't have to be to challenge for the division. Category 3ish?
21. ST. LOUIS RAMS (21) - Even though they lost to the Bucs on Sunday, the Rams have won about as many games as I thought they would for the entire season. At 3-4 they are far better than I thought. Category 3 all the way.
22. OAKLAND RAIDERS (29) - They absolutely exploded against the Broncos with 59 points. Darren McFadden continues to impress fantasy owners. They're 3-4, but a category 2 team in my opinion.
23. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (25) - They're 3-4 and hanging in, but have a tough division with the Colts and Texans. Category 3 team.
24. CINCINNATI BENGALS (22) - Bye week. Record of 2-4. Category 1 for sure.
25. DENVER BRONCOS (19) - Somehow, the Broncos are 2-5 and have played better without RB Knoshawn Moreno. I couldn't believe it when I saw the Raiders had put up 59 points on their defense. A category 2 team.
26. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (27) - With a record of 2-5 and a handful of pro-bowlers, they are a classic category 1 team.
27. CLEVELAND BROWNS (30) - In his second career start, rookie QB Colt McCoy threw for a whopping 74 yards but earns a win over Drew Brees and the world champion Saints. Welcome to the wacky world known as the 2010 NFL season. I think the Browns fit into the #2 category, but have an eye on #3.
28. DETROIT LIONS (24) - I feel like my new system has unjustly punished the Lions...especially given the fact they had a bye. I'm confident this will all play out and the Lions will get back to the sunny side of 25. Category 2 and 3 combined.
29. DALLAS COWBOYS (18) - I can no longer keep the Cowboys near the teens on this list. at 1-5 and with the loss of Tony Romo for at least 6 weeks, the Cowboys are a category 1 team that is going no where this season.
30. CAROLINA PANTHERS (31) - Oh the wild celebration that must have ensued in Charlotte after the Panthers earned their first win of the season over the 49ers. At 1-5, I feel as if the Panthers fit best into category 4.
31. SAN FRANCISCO 49ers (28) - At 1-6, they are still in the hun...ahh nevermind...this team stinks right now. Category 1.
32. BUFFALO BILLS (32) - At 0-6, the Bills could be here for a while. Category 4.